Song of the Shank - Jeffery Renard Allen

This brilliant book takes on society as the Civil War winds to a close, a gritty showcase of the initial struggle to integrate. At the center of the storm is the near-silent Tom, an autistic, blind, black piano prodigy. Scanned images and flyers from historical performances help readers imagine Blind Tom in his prime, but it's Jeffery Reynard Allen's poetic language and sparse form that sets the work apart. He creates beautiful images and vignettes that show how relationships and context, such as religion, dictate more of history than any singular figure.
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ISBN: 9781555976804
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Graywolf Press - June 17th, 2014